On June 27, 2013, the Board of Education approved proposed revisions to the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. Due to the significant number of revisions the Board recommended repealing the current regulations (8VAC20-22) and promulgating new, revised regulations (8VAC20-23). The proposed action aligns the regulation with recent changes in the Code of Virginia, current best practices in education, current educational research, and the revised Virginia Standards of Learning and the Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers. Substantive elements of the proposed new regulations (i) revise selected definitions to conform with changes in the proposed new regulations; (ii) require initial and renewal licensure applicants to provide evidence of training or certification in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators; (iii) clarify the endorsement requirements for the teacher of record; (iv) modify the term of issuance of certain licenses; (v) discontinue the Local Eligibility License; (vi) add the Online Teacher License and the Teach for America License; (vii) increase the coursework requirements prior to issuance of a Provisional (Special Education) License to individuals without a five-year Virginia teaching license; (viii) add requirements for any individual licensed and endorsed to teach middle school civics or economics, or high school government or history, seeking license renewal; (ix) allow the division superintendent or the principal to approve renewal activities and exceptions; (x) change professional study coursework titles and course content and add a three-semester-hour course in assessment of and for learning; (xi) revise endorsement areas; (xii) discontinue issuance of an initial license with an endorsement in speech/language pathology as individuals will seek a license from the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; and (xiii) amend the provisions on the revocation, cancellation, suspension, denial, and reinstatement of teaching licenses. The proposed regulations were published in the Virginia Register of Regulations VOL. 32 ISS. 1, September 7, 2015.
Items of special interest, include the following:• 8VAC20-22-50. Types of licenses; dating licenses. The amendments would revise this section to include the following: -Issue a Provisional License for two years (with the exception of the Provisional Career Switcher License). Individuals may apply for a third year on the Provisional License by submitting documentation indicating that all licensure assessments prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education have been taken.
• 8VAC20-22-90. Alternate routes to licensure. The amendments increase the requirements from three semester hours to nine semester hours of specified coursework prior to issuance of a Provisional (Special Education) License to individuals without a five-year Virginia teaching license.
• 8VAC20-22-130. Professional studies requirements. The amendments include changing professional study coursework titles and course content and adding an additional course requirement, "Assessment of and for Learning"; three semester hours.
• 8VAC20-22-140 – 8VAC20-22-670 - Early/primary education preK-3 - Increase the coursework requirements in mathematics and science and provide an option for specified requirements and testing. - Elementary education preK-6 - Increase the coursework requirements in mathematics and science and provide an option for specified requirements and testing. - Middle education 6-8 - Increase the coursework requirements in mathematics. - Special education - general curriculum K-6 (add-on endorsement); Special education - general curriculum middle grades 6-8 (add-on endorsement); Special education - general curriculum secondary grades 6-12 (add-on endorsement) Establish new add-on endorsements.
A public hearing on the proposed regulations will be held Thursday, October 22, 2015, in the 22nd Floor, Conference Room, James Monroe Building (101 North 14th Street, Richmond VA 23219). The public hearing will begin immediately following adjournment of the Board of Education business meeting. An online comment period is now open on Town Hall. Public Comments will be accepted through November 6, 2015. For questions, please contact Patty S. Pitts, Assistant Superintendent for Teacher Education and Licensure, at (804) 371-2522 or email@example.com.